Exhibits & Events - Writing Contest - Creative Works 2021 - Adjudicators

Sharon Berg

Sharon Berg writes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. She has previously also been a judge for both Saskatchewan book awards and the Hamilton Book Awards. She founded the International Literary E-Zine, Big Pond Rumours (January 2006 to September 2019) which also ran contests and published numerous chapbooks for Canadian authors. Sharon has published three poetry books: To A Young Horse (Borealis Press, 1979), The Body Labyrinth (Coach House Press, 1984), and Stars in the Junkyard (Cyberwit, 2020). She also released a debut short fiction collection, Naming the Shadows (Porcupine's Quill, 2019) and a cross genre history, Naming the Shadows (Big Pond Rumours Press, 2019): She currently lives in Charlottetown, NL, in the middle of Terra Nova National Park, where she runs Oceanview Writers Retreat.

J.C. Kavanagh

Writing has always been a favourite activity for J.C. Kavanagh. Early career days revolved around the newspaper business as journalist and photographer and J.C. worked her way up to the role of Editor. She was instrumental in launching a small newspaper in Bradford West Gwillimbury, reporting local news and photographing people, events, sports games and the occasional crotchety politician. Her focus later shifted to the private sector, where, for 20 years, she worked in communications and marketing. In 2014, an unexpected business restructuring put a halt to her career and J.C., with the support of her partner, Ian, jumped full-time into creative written nine children’s picture books and two novels, including Darkness Descends, short-listed for the prestigious Word Guild award in the Young Adult general marketing category. Darkness Descends is also the winner of the 2018 Critters Readers Poll for Best Young Adult Book and sequel to the award-winning The Twisted Climb (voted Best Young Adult book 2016, P&E Readers’ Award). Both novels are published by Alberta-based BWL Publishing. J.C. lives north of Alliston and finds copious writing ideas from the wooded areas and wildlife surrounding her property. Summers are spent on her sailboat, Escape Route II, harnessing the winds on Georgian Bay’s pristine waters.

J.C. Kavanagh
The Twisted Climb - Darkness Descends (Book 2)
Voted BEST Young Adult Book, Critters Readers Award 2018 and
Finalist for The Word Guild's Best Young Adult Book 2018, General Market category and The Twisted Climb VOTED Best Young Adult Book, P&E Award 2016 Novels for teens, young adults and adults young at heart

Twitter @JCKavanagh1 (Author J.C. Kavanagh)

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Jim McDonald

Jim McDonald's Bio –2021

Jim McDonald is an author, musician, actor, officiant, and teacher.

His novel Altered Boy is a psychological thriller set in 1960 about a gang of teen hustlers – Mickey, Joey, and Shorty – who mistakenly think new priest Father Damon is an easy mark.

Smash Palace, containing 32 short stories, published in 2019 by Amalit Books, is available on Amazon.ca or by emailing amalitbooks@outlook.com. His debut work of short fiction will intrigue you with adventure, wit, and unforgettable characters in stories involving crime, science fiction, dystopia, and surrealisms.

He has recently completed the historical thriller Counterculture Revolution, and is searching for a publisher. Set in 1970 this novel follows the guerilla actions of Weather Underground, the terror group that bombed draft boards, courts of law, and even the Pentagon. "Bring the war home."

Since 1990, he has operated A-Plus Tutoring, teaching mathematics to high school students; he specializes in statistics and calculus.
Jim launched Happy Together Wedding Ceremonies in 2017. As Humanist Officiant, he is authorized by the Ontario Government to solemnize marriages.

While playing drums with rock band Starchild, he also wrote entertainment columns for Vancouver's Georgia Strait and Victoria's Monday Magazine, reviewing concerts by Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, Heart, and the BeeGees.
In 2016 Jim and his son Dylan produced a movie, the comedy Fun With Math, available on YouTube.
Married with five adult children, he enjoys playing baseball and running, and is pretty good at his local bar's Golden-Tee Golf game.

Please get in touch with Jim via his website www.jimmcdonald.ca.